India releases data on Kashmir infiltration
24 August 2005
The Daily Times
New Delhi: While Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in a newspaper interview disputed India's claims over infiltration, the Indian government on Wednesday released figures to substantiate its claims of infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan.The Defence and Home Ministries released figures separately in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) in reply to separate questions. Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal said infiltration across the border had increased in May 2005, as compared to the previous months of the same year. From May till July 31, an estimated 131 infiltrators had sneaked into Jammu and Kashmir, he said, adding that in May, while there were estimated figures of 43 infiltrators, the level declined to 21 in the month of June but again increased to 67 in July.However, the minister acknowledged that the overall level of infiltration in the state had come down significantly in 2005, as compared to the corresponding period last year.To another question, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the army had intercepted 37 infiltration attempts from January to July 31, 2005. He also said there were 91 assessed infiltrations during the first six months of 2005. He admitted that it was a small number as compared to previous years. In 2002, the assessed infiltration had been at 1,395, declining to 1,373 in 2003 and latter to 349 in 2004, he added.The army had intercepted 85 attempts in 2002, 98 in 2003 and 68 attempts in 2004, he said.Mukherjee also said the reports indicated that the logistic infrastructure of militant training camps inside Pakistan and in its controlled territories still remained intact. He said it was further observed that there was a reduction in the number of infiltration attempts from across the border in the initial five months of 2005. However, there had been an increase in cross-border infiltration during June and July 2005, he added.Jaiswal said his ministry had adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain infiltration that included strengthening border management and multi- tiered and multi-modal deployment along the Line of Control and near the ever changing infiltration routes, construction of border fencing, modern weapons and equipment for security forces, improved intelligence and operational coordination and synergising intelligence flow to check infiltration and militants within the state.